Said@Duke: Pawan Dhingra on Addressing Anti-Asian Racism Through Education Reform
Pawan Dhingra, the Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke for 2022-23, gave the final lecture in his three-part series on March 29 at the Nasher Museum of Art. In his talk, “Moving Beyond Fighting Anti-Asian Racism,” Dhingra argued for approaching the problem as an opportunity to create broader change that everyone will benefit from. In school systems, for example, Dhingra spoke about turning the focus from nationalism and “us vs. them” — perpetuating difference and hierarchy — to connection and collaboration.
Dhingra also spoke at Duke on Jan. 19 and at UNC last fall, and met with students and faculty on both campuses. The Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professorship was created in 2004 by James Moeser, who served as UNC’s chancellor at the time. It recognizes Keohane’s contributions during her term as Duke’s president and seeks to strengthen the collaboration she and Moeser built between the two institutions.